By the Bootstraps; Portfolio: Mike Balzer

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Mike Balzer’s talent as a surf photographer is laid out in shots that show his trademark sharp focus. His travels to the North Shore and around Southern California (especially the South Bay) are well represented, as well as a Jeffreys Bay and motocross events. Balzer’s bio includes attending San Diego State University, where he started in the surf photography business.